* Posts by Rich 2

271 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009


Here come the riled MPs (it's private, huh), Facebook's a digital 'gangster' ('disingen-u-ous'). Zuckerberg he is a failure (on sharing data)

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All quite damning

It all sounds quite damning - Faecesbook act in a naughty way, and don't follow the rules.

Excellent! Only another 99 years, 11 months to go before anything is actually done about it

Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...

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Wrong answer

"....has assembled data that clarifies the impact of third-party scripts in the hope it prompts more efficient coding"

As the problem seems to be with pointless (to the user) advertising and tracking scripts, "making them more efficient" seems the wrong solution. Eliminating them entirely seems far more sensible.

OK, Google? Probably not! EU settles on wording for copyright reform legislation

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Outside of the likes of googlies I don't understand why anyone would think this legislation is a bad idea.

I'm sure it's not perfect but what's going on at the moment is downright criminal.

Go big (with our bandwidth) or go home, Verizon: Texas mulls outlawing 911 throttling after Cali wildfire fiasco

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The world is quite happy to think money is FAR more important than impending world ecological collapse, so why is anyone surprised by this?

UK transport's 'ludicrous' robocar code may 'put lives at risk'

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Blind faith

Regardless of the ridiculous politics and bungs and back-slapping, I simply cannot see AV working any time soon - at least not in a real sense.

The whole notion seems to rely on "AI" ignoring the fact that despite all the recent noise about it, is still many years off being "intelligent" and in 99% of cases is not 'I' at all; it's just "normal" software. The basic problem of navigating around the streets, avoiding an infinite list of random hazards and sensibly handling an infinite number of situations is difficult enough for a human driver. There is no way the current art of computer software can do likewise; just getting computer vision to make sense of stuff is a herculean task in itself. And that's before you try and do anything with the information. Throw in some snow that obliterates what you're looking at, some random guy that decides it's a good idea to do a dodgy U-turn at a moment's notice and a crowd of people racing across a zebra crossing and wandering in 6 different directions and the problem starts approaching unsolvable.

Given the computing power of something like Google or Amazon, you can probably brute-force your way through some of the problems. But that kind of power won't fit in the dashboard of a car, and won't solve all the issues even if it did.

I'm not saying it will NEVER be solved. But I may not be around when it is

Not cool, man: Dixons spanked over discount on luxury 'smart' fridge with wildly fluctuating price

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How much????

Who the hell spends £3000+ on a domestic fridge? Must be f****ing nuts!

Our vulture listened to four hours of obtuse net neutrality legal blah-blah so you don't have to: Here's what's happening

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"Corrupt" doesn't come close

"On the FCC's side are the cable industry's trade associations: USTelecom, CTIA, NCTA, American Cable Association, and Wireless Internet Service Providers Association."

That little list alone tells all anyone needs to know about the FCC's independence and "working for the people" remit

The D in SystemD stands for Danger, Will Robinson! Defanged exploit code for security holes now out in the wild

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Re: The upside of open source

A drop-in replacement is the last thing that's needed. It just needs removing from history. Going back to SysV would be better than this shite, and there are several good alternatives to SysV

FCC accused of colluding with Big Cable to game 5G legal challenge

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This is so corrupt it's funny. You could use it as the basis of a black comedy.

Oof, are you sure? Facing $9bn damages, Google asks Supreme Court to hear Java spat

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There's something very wrong with a legal system that can't even agree with itself - half the courts giving one verdict and the other half the opposite.

I'm hoping for the day when Goolies, Oracle, Apple and M$ and Faecesbook sue each other into oblivion.

Think of the peace. Mmmmmm.....

Facebook didn't care if your kids ran up gigantic credit card bills – lawsuit

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Faecesbook really are the lowest of the low. And the Zuk must be a truly reprehensible person.

Please will someone shut this outfit down!?

French data watchdog dishes out largest GDPR fine yet: Google ordered to hand over €50m

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...fast forward 5 years of legal back-and-forth appeals....

...and I'll believe it when the dust settles.

Also, does the ruling say anything about non-accounts - ie - the data Google slurps whether you have an account or not?

German competition watchdog toys with ban on some Facebook data-slurps

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Quite sad

It's rather sad that faecesbook are being made to cut their data slurping because of some anti-competition law! What about good ol' decency and privacy?

So far, I have seen very little to instil any faith in the new GDPR - so far ABSOLUTELY NOTHING has changed. Goolies, FB, etc etc etc are STILL munching up as much data as they can shake a stick at and STILL nothing is being done to stop it. I have heard that their's stuff going through the courts, but it's so bloody glacially slow that we'll have blown ourselves up long before it comes to anything.

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit

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Re: Never trusted SystemD

"ystemd started as a noble project to revise what is, I'm afraid, the utter shambles that is Linux system startup"

I agree that System V startup is a complete mess, but I don't understand why Linux doesn't use BSD's startup system? Its extremely simple and very easy to navigate. The average /etc contents of a BSD system is 10% the size of Linux. And it does the same job - ie - it starts stuff!

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Re: Devuan user here

Void Linux? :-)

Sticking with one mobile provider gets you... Oh. Price rises, big exit fees, and lovely, lovely lock-in

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And another thing.....

The most unbelievable thing I encountered was when my contract with EE expired so I decided to stick with EE but change to a sim-only "deal"

No problem they said. But you can't keep your number; a number that I had managed to hang on to for almost 10 years. There's a legal requirement that you can keep your number if you go elsewhere. But (I discovered) NOT if you change your deal with the same company. "Not possible" I kept being told. I'm sure it IS possible; they just couldn't be arsed to do it. The only advice the EE chap could offer was to move to a PAYG deal with someone else (allowing me to take my number) and then immediately move back. Absolutely f****** ridiculous!!

In the end, I got a new number. Still really pissed off about it though.

Apple iPhone X screen falls short of promises, lawsuit says

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I'm not condoning false advertising, or anything like that.

...but really ...some people don't have enough to do

Stop us if you've heard this one: Facebook apologizes for bug leaking private photos

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"Data gathering biz still having trouble keeping data secure"

"Faecesbook" and "keeping data secure" in the same sentence?

That's an oxymoron! Their whole business model depends on your data NOT being secure

Ofcom asks networks, ISPs: Hey, wouldn't it be nice if you let customers know the best deal once their contract's up?

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How did we ever get to this stage where mobiles and broadband are on (usually 1 or 2 year) contracts?

There was a time when you paid your money, took your choice, and if you didn't like it you gave one month's notice and went elsewhere. Simple, transparent, and none of this "£X off for 2 years and then we'll hike the price. Oh, and if you're an existing customer, you can go and f*** yourself " crap.

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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Can someone tell me why the whole world has flocked to Google's Chrome browser?

After all the noise about data slurping etc etc, I am at a loss as to why anyone would want to use it?

(I appreciate Chromium isn't Chrome, but the latter is the main user of the former)

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13

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Google do seem to be doing a fine job lately of pointing out what a truly reprehensible, money-grabbing, privacy-invading, despicable, above-the-law company they are.

Do they have any redeeming qualities left? No, I didn't think so.

Domain name 'admin' role eyed up as latest victim of Whois system's GDPRmeggdon

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Losing @ mark l 2

You need grounds for an appeal. If you have no grounds, or the court thinks your "grounds" are groundless then they will not allow the appeal.

In ICANN's case, I can only think the court allowed all these appeals because they fancied a laugh

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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Am I correct in reading (probably on El Reg) some time ago that Germany had abandoned its smart meter roll-out because it was a waste of money?

And if that's so, how does that tally with it being an EU directive?

Net neutrality is heading to the courts (again): So will the current rules stand or be overturned (again)?

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Here in the UK, we complain (a lot) about BT, EE, Vodafone, the government, OFCOM, etc etc.

It's only when you read something like this that you realise the it could be worse. A LOT worse!

Linux kernel Spectre V2 defense fingered for massively slowing down unlucky apps on Intel Hyper-Thread CPUs

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That can't be right!

You quoted Linus several times, but where was the profanity? I can only guess the anger management therapy or whatever it is he said he was doing is working.

Well, f*ck me!

Behold, the world's most popular programming language – and it is...wait, er, YAML?!?

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Popular does not equal useful though.

If you want to limit the list to useful, then that would be C, C++, (oh, go on then....) java, Fortran, assembler. I'm sure there's a couple of other too.

You might even find the odd shell script useful, or even (gawd help us) Perl, but these are hacky scripting languages and while definitely useful, not really what I would categorise as a genuine programming language for making stuff work.

Notably absent from my list would by Python. I don't feel the need to elucidate.

It's November 2018, and Microsoft's super-secure Edge browser can be pwned eight different ways by a web page

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I wonder how many CRITICAL flaws have been found in M$ various browser versions, Word, and Excel over the years.

It's got to be approaching something like the number of atoms in the universe by now. As for Adobe's crapware - they've got to be approaching infinity I would t think.

Software bugs is one thing, but I am genuinely intrigued how it's possible to write ANY software with that many critical faults. I mean, you must have to put REAL effort in to do that. It's staggering

Just a little heads up: Google is still trying to convince everyone that web apps don't suck

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Big Brother

"We want to close the capability gap between the web and native and make it easy for developers to build great experiences on the open web,"

I have to ask myself WHY? And the only reason I can come up with is because it's much easier for Google to spy on you if you're using one of its web applications than if you're not. They're not pushing this to give you and me the punter any benefit. They are doing it to make money.

As for "Google refers to this expansion set of browser capabilities using the name of a toxic blowfish"

...sounds like an ideal name for anything Google has anything to do with

French president Macron insists new regulations needed to protect us all from Facebook's claws

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Maybe. Just maybe.... he's right

The internet seems to be divided into the bits that have long-since started their decent into the sewer, and the bits who's **ONLY** purpose is to spy on as many people as it can and gather as much information as possible on those people

The situation s certainly getting no better any time soon, so I'd be prepared to listen to what Mr Macron has to say.

Chinese teen braniacs are being trained to build new AI weapons

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How stupid are we?

....and we have these people building nuclear power plants here in Blighty?


The D in Systemd stands for 'Dammmmit!' A nasty DHCPv6 packet can pwn a vulnerable Linux box

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Re: Old is good

"Also: he refusal to accept patches to let it work on non-Linux Unix is just plain nasty"

Thank goodness this crap is unlikely to escape from Linux!

By the way, for a systemd-free Linux, try void - it's rather good.

Facebook, Google sued for 'secretly' slurping people's whereabouts – while Feds lap it up

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Re: Most people don't care until

"...that's why I have a separate google account for work"

Why have a google account at all???

Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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Hee Hee Hee

Ecuador (or rather the poor souls having to put up with him in the embassy) must be getting REEEEEEEEEEEALY fed up with JA by now.

Maybe run a poll - The top ten things you did and regretted later;-

#1 Giving JA refuge

GDPR stands for Google Doing Positively, Regardless. Webpage trackers down in Europe – except Big G's

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GDPR and why Google isn't being sued

Why isn't Google being sued by the EU? They quite blatantly play games with GDPR compliance (I'm sure many reading this have tried opting out of Goodle's tentacles and witnessed what a farce it is) and the EU (or whatever branch it is that is supposed to manage this stuff) should have started suing them on day on of GDPR.

...but they are not. Why?

The march of Amazon Business has resellers quaking in their booties

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Shut it down

I'm all for fair competition etc etc, but when a complete disaster is about to unfold, maybe it's time to take pre-emptive action.

Maybe Amazon (and the likes of Google etc) should be forcibly shut down, or at least severely curtailed. Otherwise, in a few years there will be only one or two retail outfits and that is clearly in nobody's interest apart from the particular retailers.

It's draconian. It's anti-business. It's lots of things that are against free trade, "market forces", etc etc, but the alternative is to sleep walk into a disaster where we no longer have any high-street shops at all, and no choice at all.

The Obama-era cyber détente with China was nice, wasn't it? Yeah well it's obviously over now

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So remind me again, why do we (primarily Europe and the US) keep throwing money at a state that has an appalling human rights record, routinely locks up anyone who it doesn't like, has an appalling environmental record, is hostile to anything outside of itself, and has no recognisable morals at all; has, basically, an abhorant government that has its eye on world domination and enslavement?

Then again, we think nothing of fucking-up the planet either!

Intel's commitment to making its stuff secure is called into question

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JTAG piggybacked on USB is madness too

I think the main reason you have JTAG over USB is because machines don't come with a serial port any more. In fact, the ONLY usable (ie, not video etc) interface many come with is USB

Cookie clutter: Chrome saves Google cookies from cookie jar purges

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Re: "Why do people still use Chrome?"

What I don't understand is why tech-savvy people who KNOW chrome is a big ball of spyware still use it.

Ditto for facebook

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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Couldn't agree more - some people just have too much time on their hands

What next? Change the names of the colours black and white? It's ludicrous

And on a more general note, how exactly do you become "offended"? It's very in-vogue these days. I don't think I have ever been "offended" by anything? Ever. In fact, I'm not even sure what it means

Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

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Just like MS

This is exactly akin to Microshaft's "brilliant" idea of hiding file name extensions.

Because that's not caused any grief at all over the years, has it?

Voyager 1 left the planet 41 years ago – and SpaceX hopes to land on Earth this Saturday

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I thought Voyager 2 was launched before Voyager 1. But Voyager 1 was faster, hence it overtook V2.

And just to confuse things, V2 was originally going to be V1, but there was a last minute hitch with V1 (or was it V2?) so NASA swapped them over.


Texas ISP slams music biz for trying to turn it into a 'copyright cop'

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...then make a policy

"To be eligible for the safe harbor, an ISP is required, among other things, to adopt and reasonably implement a policy that provides for the termination of subscribers and account holders that are repeat copyright infringers,"

Simple! Just make a policy then. The policy can say that you're going to ignore the issue. Perfectly legit as long as you follow it and can show that you're following it

Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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These companies really needs to get over their over-inflated worth of themselves.

As has already been pointed out, what the hell are you going to do with Intel processor microcode except use it to program an Intel processor?


Bloke hurls sueball over Google's 'is it off yet?' location data slurping

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Not just location data

ALL of Google's opt-out procedure is intentionally complicated. You have to press zillions of buttons to switch everything off. And it doesn't seem to matter how many times you do it, it all comes flooding back the next time you use their site!

This is also true for most other web sites out there that like to collect your data.

I think the GDPR peeps missed a trick here - they should have stated that opting out must be as simple as opting in.

Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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No, but...

Re "Apple doesn't do this"

I find it odd (well, OK, not odd at all, because it seems to be expected these days) that the privacy setting in IOS for switching on/off location services is the only one that pops up with a warning when you try to switch it off; "are you sure you want to switch this off? - it's really lovely you know".

It comes up with no "are you sure you want to switch this on? - It's really creepy you know" warning when you switch it on though.

In fact, Apple seem to have made the whole settings part of IOS as complicated and difficult to navigate as possible. But that's a different subject.

UK taxman told: IR35 still isn't working in the public sector, and you want to take it private?

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What a bunch of tools

"...but HMRC has assumed it is present in all public sector contractor engagements."

Yes, HMRC has a very long track record of making stuff up as it goes along and assuming stuff is a certain way because it happens to suite their needs.

It's probably why they can't come-up with a correctly working tool for IR35 assessment - because such a tool would either have to include HMRC's made-up assumptions (in which case it's wrong and everyone points and screams "that's b*ll*cks") or it would have to ignore HMRC's assumptions and work only on facts (in which case most people would be outside of IR35 anyway, and that doesn't fit HMRC's wishes).

Imagine Python fan fiction written in C, read with a Lisp: Code lingo Nim gets cash injection

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What is the obsession with creating a new programming languages? Surely there are enough of them around by now for at least one of them to be suitable for a particular application?

Pleasant programming playground paves popular Python path

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Re: Excellent

Oh, I know Python has its place. Even outside of "rm *python*" :-)

I just don't think that place is as an introduction to good software engineering practice (the same goes for javascript - God help us!) - a knock-about hacky scripting language with do-as-you-like variable types and a bit of OO stuff bolted on (because that's cool), yea. Fine. But as a foundation of structured software discipline, I think not.

This is why we have a whole generation of software students that don't have the faintest idea about what's going on under the bonnet, and who's answer to a problem is to just include yet another couple of megabytes of random library code because they need to use a two-line function that it defines and they're not skilled enough to know otherwise.

Very soon, there will be nobody left with the skills to write those (non-Python) libraries and we'll have to go back to writing on stone slabs

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This is fantastic!

We can have even more people learning Python and then pretending they know how to write code. It's a bit like learning how to draw with a crayon and then declaring that you're a top novelist.

It's a start though, so presumably once the student has completed this course they can then start the next course which introduces a real programming language like C or C++ or assembler?

Internet overseer ICANN loses a THIRD time in Whois GDPR legal war

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Is the EU taking any steps to sue ICANN yet, does anyone know?

I'm guessing whois is still trundling along like it always has, so as it's illegal now, is the EU actually doing anything about it?


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